[SIZE=+2]Rick Gosselin's final NFL mock draft [/SIZE] [SIZE=-1]11:05 PM CDT on Friday, April 25, 2008 [/SIZE] [SIZE=-1]By RICK GOSSELIN / The Dallas Morning News rgosselin@**************[/SIZE] Team 1. Miami OT, OLB, WR, QB Jake Long, OT,Michigan Comment: Long was a four-year starter at Michigan. With a new five-year contract from the Dolphins, expect him to extend his starting streak to nine consecutive years. Look for him to mix in a few Pro Bowl appearances. 2. St. Louis OT, DT, CB, WR Chris Long, DE,Virginia Comment: The Rams covet Long and the Falcons covet Glenn Dorsey, but on most draft boards the order is flipped. Don't be surprised if the Falcons trade up one spot for the right to select Dorsey. That would solve a problem for both teams. 3. Atlanta MLB, QB, OT, DT Glenn Dorsey, DT,LSU Comment: If the Falcons don't come away with Dorsey, they will explore trading down. New coach Mike Smith has a defensive background and saw what dominant defensive tackles did for his old team, the Jacksonville Jaguars. 4. Oakland OL, DL, offensive speed Darren McFadden, HB, Arkansas Comment: Al Davis is a size/speed advocate. McFadden fills the bill. The Raiders also would entertain a pass rusher, Chris Long, if he falls, and Vernon Gholston. In the end, the Raiders take the best value on the board. 5. Kansas City DE, OT, CB, KR Chris Williams, OT, Vanderbilt Comment: The Chiefs have two glaring needs – offensive tackle and defensive end with the departure of Pro Bowl pass rusher Jared Allen. If they wait on the offensive tackle, they miss out. Six could go in the first round. 6. NY Jets CB, OT, DE, QB Vernon Gholston, DE, Ohio State Comment: The Jets managed only 29 sacks last season. They need to tackle more quarterbacks and force more turnovers to again become a contender in the AFC East. Gholston is the best pass rusher in this draft with 14 sacks in 2007. 7. New England DL, LB, CB, OT Sedrick Ellis, DT, Southern California Comment: Ellis doesn't fit the 3-4 defensive scheme of the Patriots, but his arrival would give them the option of playing some 4-3. He's the best defensive player on the board, and coach Bill Belichick rarely passes up value. 8. Baltimore QB, CB, OT, WR Matt Ryan, QB,Boston College Comment: If Ryan doesn't slide to the Ravens at No. 8, they will explore trading out. With the retirement of Steve McNair, quarterback shot to the top of the list of priorities. Ryan posted a 25-7 record at Boston College. 9. Cincinnati DT, WR, RB, DE Derrick Harvey, DE,Florida Comment: When you rank 27th in the NFL in defense, just about any defender you draft is an instant upgrade. The Bengals have an opening at end with the departure of Justin Smith in free agency. Harvey is a definite upgrade. 10. New Orleans DT, CB, LB, TE Leodis McKelvin, CB,Troy Comment: If the Saints fail to trade up for Ellis, they will look to upgrade themselves at cornerback. McKelvin is the most physical of the corners and also the best kick returner in the draft. 11. Buffalo WR, CB, LB, TE Devin Thomas, WR,Michigan State Comment: The NFL's 30th-ranked passing attack needs to get bigger, stronger, tougher, more talented and more productive on the flank. Thomas is the most physical receiver in this draft, not to mention the most talented. 12. Denver OT, DE, RB, KR Ryan Clady, OT,Boise State Comment: Mike Shanahan has always been able to help average backs flourish because he fielded one of the NFL's best offensive lines. But his current offensive front doesn't push anyone around. Enter the 6-6 Clady. 13. Carolina DE, OT, TE, RB Jeff Otah, OT,Pittsburgh Comment: Watching the New York Giants win a Super Bowl reminded Panthers coach (and former Giants assistant) John Fox what it takes to win in the NFL. Dominate both sides of the ball. Otah is the best run blocker in this draft. 14. Chicago OT, WR, RB, TE Branden Albert, OL,Virginia Comment: The Bears played power football on the way to the Super Bowl in 2006. But there was a power shortage in 2007 when the Bears finished 30th in the NFL in rushing. Better blocking will make Cedric Benson a better runner. 15. Detroit Defense, RB, OT Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, CB,Tennessee State Comment: Like the Bengals, anyone the Lions draft on the defensive side of the ball would be an upgrade. Rodgers-Cromartie is the most athletic corner on the board blending size (6-1), speed (4.33) and play-making ability. 16. Arizona RB, CB, LB Mike Jenkins, CB,South Florida Comment: The Cardinals need to tighten up the NFL's 28th-ranked pass defense. Jenkins is the most ready to play of the three elite cornerbacks in this draft. If you can't play pass defense in the NFC West, you cannot succeed. 17. Kansas City DE, OT, CB, KR Keith Rivers, LB,Southern California Comment: The Chiefs want a defensive end, but Rivers is just too good a value to pass up here. He's the slider and would give them a superb set of bookends at linebacker along with Derrick Johnson. 18. Houston OT, CB, Pass rusher Rashard Mendenhall, HB,Illinois Comment: Houston is desperate for an offensive left tackle, but the draft board drains five of them before the Texans can go on the clock. Like Rivers, Mendenhall is just too good a value to pass up here. 19. Philadelphia OT, DL, CB Aqib Talib, CB,Kansas Comment: With big receivers Plaxico Burress and Terrell Owens dominating in the NFC East, the Eagles need a big cornerback to combat them. Talib is that guy in this draft at 6-0½, 202 pounds. 20. Tampa Bay Offensive speed, CB, DT Jonathan Stewart, HB,Oregon Comment: Had Stewart not undergone toe surgery in March, he likely would have been a top 10 pick. He averaged 6.2 yards per carry in 2007 and would ease the burden on quarterback Jeff Garcia to make all the plays that win games. 21. Washington DE, DT, OL, WR Phillip Merling, DE,Clemson Comment: When you have a 35-year-old starting defensive end, you need to start looking for his replacement. North Carolina defensive tackle Kentwan Balmer also is a consideration here, but the need is at end, not tackle. 22. Dallas RB, WR, CB, OL Felix Jones, HB,Arkansas Comment: Jones can be the type of speed complement to Marion Barber that Julius Jones was these last few years. Felix Jones led the NCAA with an average of 8.7 yards per carry and also averaged 29 yards on kickoff returns. 23. Pittsburgh OT, CB, WR, RB Jerod Mayo, LB,Tennessee Comment: The Steelers have 10 starters back from the NFL's top-ranked defense. Linebacker Clark Haggans departed in free agency. This pick marries ability with need – Mayo can be a walk-in starter for the Steelers. 24. Tennessee RB, WR, G, TE James Hardy, WR,Indiana Comment: The Titans are desperate for play-makers to lighten the offensive load of quarterback Vince Young. At 6-5, Hardy can provide Young a huge target, so his inaccuracies as a passer won't be as glaring. 25. Seattle OL, DL, CB, WR Chad Henne, QB,Michigan Comment: If you don't see any immediate help on the draft board, select someone who can brighten your future. The Seahawks have no glaring holes. But Matt Hasselbeck is 33 this season. Henne gives them security at quarterback. 26. Jacksonville DT, DE, CB, LB Quentin Groves, DE,Auburn Comment: The Jaguars took a couple hits up front, losing end Bobby McCray in free agency and trading tackle Marcus Stroud. On a draft board with so little speed, Groves stands out as a blazer with his 4.57 40 clocking. 27. San Diego OT, RB, CB, DL Gosder Cherilus, OT,Boston College Comment: The Chargers have only two offensive tackles currently on the roster. Like left tackle Marcus McNeill, Cherilus could become a walk-in starter at San Diego. He started 51 consecutive games at Boston College. 28. Dallas RB, WR, CB, OL Brandon Flowers, CB,Virginia Tech Comment: Flowers is the most technically sound of the five top cornerbacks in this draft. But he's also the smallest (5-9½ and slowest (4.59 speed in the 40). He broke up 18 passes in 2006 and 14 more in 2007. 29. San Francisco WR, OL, DL, QB Kentwan Balmer, DT,North Carolina Comment: Like Rivers to Kansas Cty at 17, Balmer is a case of sliding value. Coach Mike Nolan's background is on defense, but the 49ers have struggled on that side of the ball. You can never have enough quality defensive linemen. 30. Green Bay CB, Pass rusher, TE, OT Dustin Keller, TE,Purdue Comment: The Packers must do everything in their power to give Aaron Rodgers a chance to succeed at quarterback. You do that by upgrading the supporting cast. Keller is the best pass-catching tight end in this draft. 31. NY Giants OT, WR, CB, Safety Tyrell Johnson, S,Arkansas State Comment: The Giants lost starting safety Gibril Wilson in free agency to the Raiders. Johnson is the fastest (4.43 speed) of the three elite safeties in this draft and the best ballhawk with 13 career interceptions. O THER TEAMS WITHOUT FIRST-ROUND SELECTIONS: SECOND ROUND 47. Minnesota WR, OT, CB, Safety Eddie Royal, WR,Virginia Tech Comment: The Vikings traded away their first pick in the Jared Allen deal. Quarterback Travis Jackson could use some speed on the flank, and Royal also gives them an elite kick returner. That allows them to compete with the Bears. 59. Indianapolis OL, DL, WR, Pass rusher Mike Pollak, C,Arizona State Comment: Pro Bowl center Jeff Saturday is 33 years old this season. No one in the NFL drafts and develops linemen like the Colts, who started a fourth-, fifth- and sixth-round draft pick on the Super Bowl championship team. FOURTH ROUND 122. Cleveland Pass rusher, ILB, CB, WR Mario Manningham, WR,Michigan Comment: The Browns traded away their first pick to Dallas, their second pick to Green Bay and third pick to Detroit. Cleveland had good luck with one wideout from Michigan – Braylon Edwards. They'll get Manningham at a discounted rate.